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8-year-old Honorary Officer To Be Given Police Funeral

8-year-old Honorary Officer To Be Given Police Funeral

Eight-year-old William Bunn, who recently became Raleigh's youngest police officer in an honorary ceremony, lost his battle with cancer on July 1. (Courtesy Raleigh PD)

The News & Observer via YellowBrix

July 02, 2010

July 02—RALEIGH — For his funeral Saturday, 8-year-old William Bunn will wear a freshly pressed police uniform, complete with tie, hat and shoes shined like mirrors.

It was, after all, the suit he proudly wore last month, the day Raleigh police made him an honorary officer and granted the wish he’d had since age 5.

William died of cancer early Thursday morning, ending a three-year ordeal that took him through nine surgeries, two blood-cell implants and 13 rounds of chemotherapy.

“He fought a long battle,” said his aunt, Mimi Hardin. “He couldn’t hold on anymore.”

On June 11, William marched to the stage at North Haven Church and saluted Raleigh Police Chief Harry Dolan with an arm just long enough to poke out of his sleeve, walking on his ownonly a few days removed from radiation treatments in Philadelphia.

More than 150 people cheered when his mother, Amy, pinned a gold badgeover his heart and Dolan told him, “Raleigh police officers exhibit bravery every day. Without a doubt, William, the courage you have demonstrated exceeds our expectations.”

As William enjoyed his first doughnut as an officer, a dozen reporters crowded around to hear him announce, “I really liked it. It’s all the handcuffs and how they check out the jail and stuff.”

On Monday, Hardin updated William’s online journal with news that the Bunns had learned that further treatment would be futile. He died at 4:22 a.m. Thursday, parents Mark and Amy at his side.

“The illness can no longer constrain our angel William,” wrote Hardin. “He has spread his wings, taken flight and will be free of pain and suffering for all eternity.”

William would have been the grand marshal of the Independence Day parade in Lake Royale, a Franklin County community where he and his family spent many weekends, said police Chief Jarrett Umstead. Parade organizers will do something to remember William in the parade, Umstead said.

A viewing will be held from 6 to 9 tonight at New Hope Baptist Church on Louisburg Road in Raleigh. A funeral will follow Saturday. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in William’s honor to the Jimmy V Foundation at or the University Cancer Research Foundation at UNC-Chapel Hill at http:// . or 919-829-4818

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    about 4 years ago


    RIP. I'm sure he would have made a fine PO. Shame we lose courageous honest brave young men like this every day. We need more of him to fight the ones that had the same chance but elected crime instead. Stay strong Mark and Amy.

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    about 4 years ago


    Rest in Peace Little Brother.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    End of watch, beginning of peace. Rest my little brother for you are now above us all.

  • Swat_logo_max50


    about 4 years ago


    I would have been proud to be this kid's FTO.

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    about 4 years ago


    Thanks ae2real, for telling the story of officer Bunns funeral I was cuirous how all went, it sounds like lil man had a great send off, Sorry for type o's my screen is a bit blurry....
    I did not know William Bunn, but he has touched my Heart and Soul Forever, as I think of my now grown son when he was just a man cub, I can imagine the loss these parents feel, Prayers and positive thoughts to you both Mom and Dad, You have much reason to be proud. Be still and light Hearted n knowing that when you mis him the most,
    He is present all around you. God Bless....

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    about 4 years ago


    This story made a tear come to my eye and makes me proud to be an LEO. This young man exhibited bravery beyond belief. So sad to lose such a fine young man at such a young age. Sometimes its not what you have its what you leave behind you when you go! RIP my little brother you made us all proud to wear the uniform.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    RIP FINE OFFICER, my thoughts are with your family and friends. This is so sad, he is no longer in pain or suffering. My God comfort him and his family.

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    about 4 years ago


    RIP little brother - I salute you!

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    about 4 years ago


    RIP William!

  • Sparkle_girl_max50


    about 4 years ago


    He is now in the arms of God....He fought a tough battle...some win some lose...But, to know he is now in no pain makes his passing easier. May God grant peace and comfort to his family. That little guy will be missed so much. I salute you little sustained the will and courage to fight..and yet kept that heart warming smile for everyone...RIP....

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    about 4 years ago


    R.I.P little brother....we all salute you!!!

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    about 4 years ago


    Officer William Bunn, it is with sincere heartfelt condolences that I salute you as a Raleigh Police Officer, and one that I am honored to say has more courage and perserverance than most grown men that I know or have known in my lifetime. I know that God has something special for you in the Heavens above or else you'd be here patrolling our communities and sacrificing unselfishly to serve as one of the best; but God saw fit for plans for you in his Sky Angel Squad, therefore you have earned your wings sooner than even I. I know that someday, I too shall earn my wings and join you my friend in heaven. Thanks for your will and choice to be a Police Officer willed to the preservation of life and property. God bless your family, friends and all the LEO's that love you and extend to you a job "Well Done"! God extendst to you..."Well Done My Good and Faithful Servant"!

  • Picture_3_max50


    about 4 years ago


    This is very heartfelt and has left me in tears. From one mother to another who also has felt this pain, God has taken him home so he never has to hurt again.

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    about 4 years ago


    A small in stature but large in bravery and heart Warrior has gone to God, Blessings to his family and friends. Thank you William for being an example of fortitude to everyone.

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